Paolo Giardi works across a variety of disciplines producing art that explores the tecnique of the montage. This has led to a fascination with, and exploration of, the languages of citation, allusion and adaptation. Through the exercise of association, he simultaneously attemps to manipulate and transport existing images out of their original context, blurring the experiences of memory and perception. His characters, like in a Beckett play, seems always absorbed by a stage they do not belong to.
Giardi has never been an artist who paints exclusevely; his background is also that of a window dresser, an illustrator, a retail designer, a print maker, and all these layers are clearly visible in his work. The sense of displacement, generated by a combination of different and yet vaguely familiar idioms, recognisable imagery and more graphic and abstract elements, evokes the nature of a forgotten or distant memory. What lays before our eyes becomes a hieroglyph to be decifered. Such imagery could be at once amusing or alarming to the viewer.
Paolo Giardi is represented by Less is More Projects, Paris